Five Sundowns to Sunup

Five Sundowns to Sunup

Air Date: December 5, 1965

Written by: William L. Stewart

Directed by: Gerd Oswald

Guest Stars: Marie Windsor (Ma Lassiter), Ray Teal (Roy Coffee), Douglas Henderson (Reverend Holmes), John Hoyt (Major Sutcliffe), Jack Chaplain (Harry Lassiter)

Joe is among the hostages of a gang headed by a woman – whose son is sentenced to hang.

Trivia: This was Marie Windsor’s first and only appearance in the series. Often cast as an adulterous wife, slutty girlfriend, female gang leader or gun moll, she proved so convincing in those roles that she often received Bibles in the mail with passages underlined that covered the “sins” she had committed onscreen, warning her that she would go to hell if she didn’t reform. Several of those types of letters dwelt so much on her “immorality” and “evil ways” that, unnerved, she turned them over to the police.

Her best work was in the “film noir” category, most notably her role as the manipulative, double-crossing wife of Elisha Cook Jr. in The Killing (1956) (which earned her “Look” magazine’s Best Supporting Actress award). She also served as a director of the Screen Actors Guild for 25 years.